News | May 30, 2007

IECA Teams With CPESC, Inc. To Provide Online Erosion And Sediment Control Certification Exam Review Courses

Steamboat Springs, CO — Beginning in July, CPESC, Inc. will team with the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) to offer the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) exam review course through IECA's online training web site ieca.webex.com.

"As our programs continue to grow, it is becoming obvious that we cannot satisfy the demand for our exam reviews through traditional instructor-led classes," said John Brown, CPESC program manager for CPESC, Inc.

To accommodate the demand, online training sessions, known as webinars, allow professionals to take the exam review course over a six week period from their home or office. Webinars in this series range from 45 to 90 minutes. The exam review sessions are divided into six modules:

  • Site Planning and Management
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Erosion Prediction
  • Runoff Management
  • Soil Stabilization (Erosion Control)
  • Sediment Control
Erosion and sediment control professionals can take the entire series or use individual modules to review specific topics when preparing for the exam.

"At conferences and in telephone conversations, I get requests for exam reviews in parts of the U.S. and Canada where none are scheduled. I also speak with a number of erosion and sediment professionals who are unable to take time off from work in order to participate in our reviews," said Brown. "Offering exam reviews by webinar enables these folks to participate in ways that satisfy their needs."

Although the exam review course is designed to help professionals prepare for the certification exams, the course also serves as a great overall review for anyone working in the erosion and sediment control industry, according to Kim M. Kline, IECA technical resources director.

As CPESC, Inc. gains an understanding of how to manage exam reviews by webinar, they may offer other CPESC, Inc. exam reviews using this method, said Brown.

Webinars also are being used as a convenient way to earn the Professional Development Units (PDUs) certified professionals need to keep their certification current. Through ieca.webex.com IECA offers webinars on a variety of training topics including: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) writing, implementation and maintenance;

SOURCE: IECA

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